She says it’s a “reminder of the last time Pac and I were just kids.”
Jada Pinkett Smith shared a video on Instagram of herself performing Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince’s “Parents Just Don’t Understand” with Tupac Shakur. The latter was Will Smith’s alter ego, her husband.
The actress and singer wrote: “Never in a million years would I have dreamed that the Fresh Prince and I would get to know each other.” And she continued: “Never in a million years could I have imagined that three “Their lives, their fates, would be so intertwined,” meaning that this was also when 2Pac and her husband met for the first time.
The video itself became for Jada Pinkett Smith “a tangible reminder of the last time Pac and I were just kids.” She added the clip to the clip on Instagram: “Here’s part of the original video of Pac and I doing a terrible job lip syncing to Parents Just Don’t Understand.”
Tupac Shakur and Jada Pinkett Smith both attended the Baltimore School of Fine Arts, where they met and became close friends. Shakur died in a drive-by shooting in 1996. In an interview with Howard Stern in 2015, the actress and singer remembered her friend at the time very positively: “I’ve never met a person like Pac in my life.”
In the same interview, she also talked about why the friendship between the two never turned into a romantic relationship: “We could have killed each other because we were both so passionate and loved each other so much.” It would probably have been “a higher power” that would have determined that.
Their friendship was also captured in the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me. To honor her friend, she posted an unpublished poem of his on what was supposed to have been his 50th birthday:
Her own book, the biography “Worthy,” will be published on October 17 and will also include stories about 2Pac. Here your work can be pre-ordered.